Allied Health Professions/
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians—also known as manufacturing opticians, optical mechanics or optical goods workers—make prescription eyeglass and contact lenses. Prescription lenses are curved in such a way that light is correctly focused onto the retina of the patient's eye, improving vision. Some ophthalmic laboratory technicians manufacture lenses for other optical instruments, such as telescopes and binoculars.
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians cut, grind, edge and finish lenses according to specifications provided by dispensing opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. They also may insert lenses into frames to produce finished glasses. Although some lenses still are produced by hand, technicians increasingly use automated equipment to make lenses.
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians work in laboratories or workshops or in large eyeglass stores. They have limited contact with the public since they work behind the scenes. Their workplaces are generally quiet. Opthalmic laboratory technicians must know and understand how to use machinery. They wear goggles to protect their eyes and spend a good part of their workday standing.
About a Career as an Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician
About Health Care Careers
Note: The Commission on Opticianry Accreditation reviewed this career profile.
Save money and earn your bachelor's in health sciences or healthcare management more quickly with maximum credit transfer at Excelsior. Our low tuition makes it affordable for you to earn your degree from accredited college while you earn a living. Receive up to 32 credits for your health-related occupational license. Learn more about Excelsior College ...
Part 4: How to Attend College Without Going into Too Much Debt
Part 2: How to Attend College Without Going into Too Much Debt
Applying for Financial Aid (Part II)
Why Diversity Matters in the Health Professions
Start Preparing for Your Health Care Career in High School
Healthcare Reform 101
Keep Past Mistakes from Limiting Your Future Health Care Career
Top 10 Reasons to Pursue a Health Career Now
Nearly all ophthalmic laboratory technicians learn their skills on the job. Employers who hire trainees usually require that applicants have a high school degree.
Manual dexterity and the ability to do precision work are essential; courses in science, mathematics and computers are also valuable.
Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
National Academy of Opticianry
Search for funding opportunities related to this career
Search for enrichment programs related to this career
Search for academic degree and certificate programs related to this career
Allied Health Professions
Last updated: August 24, 2016
©2012 American Dental Education Association